Michael T. Flynn
 
 
 
 
National Security Adviser
Michael T. Flynn

Michael Thomas "Mike" Flynn (born December 1958) is a retired United States Army lieutenant general who last served as the 18th Director of the Defense Intelligence Agency, from July 22, 2012, to August 7, 2014. On November 18, 2016, President-elect Donald Trump announced that Flynn would serve as National Security Advisor in his coming administration. As a member of the Executive Office of the President, Flynn will not require the advice and consent of the United States Senate.
Michael T. Flynn Facts
  • Flynn, along with son Michael G. Flynn, runs Flynn Intel Group which provides intelligence services for business and governments. Several sources, including Politico, have written that Flynn's consulting company is allegedly lobbying for Turkey. A company tied to Erdogan's government, which supports Muslim Brotherhood, is known to have hired Flynn's lobbying firm. On election day 2016, Flynn wrote an op-ed calling for U.S. backing for Erdogan's government and criticized the regime's opponent, Fethullah Gulen; Flynn did not disclose that Flynn's consulting firm had received funds from a company with ties to Erdogan's government. In July 2016, Flynn said that the coup attempt against Erdogan was something “worth clapping for”, but two months later, when a company tied to Erdogan's government hired Flynn's firm, Flynn hailed Erdogan as a critical U.S. ally.
  • Flynn sat in on classified national security briefings with then-candidate Trump at the same time that Flynn was working for foreign clients, which raises ethical concerns and conflicts of interest.
  • While campaigning for Trump, Flynn also referred to Clinton as the "enemy camp". During the election campaign, Flynn used Twitter to post links to negative stories about Clinton, including some considered to be fake news.
  • After the election of Donald Trump, Flynn met with Freedom Party of Austria leader Heinz-Christian Strache. The Freedom Party of Austria announced on the 19th of December, 2016 that it has signed a "cooperation agreement with Russia’s ruling party." The Freedom Party of Austria was founded by in the 1950s by ex-Nazis. The Trump campaign refused to comment on the meeting.
  • Flynn has been a board member of ACT! for America, and sees the Muslim faith as one of the root causes of Islamist terrorism. He has described Islam as a political ideology and a cancer. He stated in a Twitter post that "fear of Muslims is RATIONAL" and included a video link claiming that Islam wants “80% of people enslaved or exterminated”.
Opinion

Michael didn't do so good here. He seems to flip flop very easily on important issues and some of his connections are with folks of very questionable integrity.
National Security Adviser

The Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs, commonly referred to as the National Security Advisor or at times informally termed the NSC advisor, is a senior aide in the Executive Office of the President, based at the West Wing of the White House, who serves as the chief in-house advisor to the President of the United States on national security issues. The APNSA also participates in the meetings of the National Security Council and usually chairs the Principal Committee meetings with the Secretary of State and Secretary of Defense (i.e., the meetings not attended by the President). The APNSA is supported by the National Security Council staff that produces research and briefings for the APNSA to review and present, either to the National Security Council or directly to the President.
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